How Narcotics Anonymous Came About
Alcoholics Anonymous was the first successful addiction group in the UK after which others like the Narcotics Anonymous followed suit. After the successful implementation of the Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous was formed. NA renders support to the people attempting to get rid of from addiction to drugs, rather than just to alcohol. People who are trying to stop the dependence on different drugs are welcomed to the NA. NA admits as members anyone involved in any drug problem including alcohol. The use of more than one drug is also recognized in NA. Any addict who is looking forward to recovering is welcome to join the group.
NA had its official founding in Los Angeles in 1953 and presently spread to numerous locations in 129 countries.
What Happens In An Na Meeting
Everyone you'll find in narcotics anonymous meetings has been where you are even if you're feeling nervous about it. All NA members are actually recovering addicts who wish to help others surmount addictions.
No one will look down upon you because of your conditions because everyone is in that same position.
A person may be called to talk to all the addicts or they can discuss among themselves.
During discussion meetings, members share their personal stories of addiction and recovery as they relate to their lives. In speaker meetings, a member takes control of most of the meeting addressing areas or issues that concern everyone. During the discussion meetings, members are not forced to participate or to talk more than they are ready to. New members are not required to share their experiences, although they are welcome to do so if they wish. Members share one at a time; everyone is asked to share only their own experiences and never comment on the others' - time for conversations is during breaks or when the meeting is over.
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Religion Within Narcotics Anonymous
Spirituality is adhered to in NA although the groups are not affiliated to any religious groups. The reference is usually to a higher power without any definition being provided about what the power is because it can be different for every attendee. "God" is usually mentioned at NA meetings, and a prayer is said at the end of a meeting. It has, however, been noticed that some people replace" God "with "higher power" or "good orderly direction." What is meant by higher power is a set of guiding moral values and strength, which has nothing to do with any religion.
Terminology For Your First Meeting In the "Intro to NA", you will come across some of the terms listed below that are often used in the meetings
- The term which is used as a reference to ourselves because we view addiction itself as the problem rather than the use of a specific substance.
- Basic Text
- This refers to the basic or core ideas contained in the Narcotics Anonymous book.
- These are the people who meet regularly for the planned meetings.
- Higher Power
- Any stronger and loving force that assists the member overcome and remain clean from addiction.
- Information and pamphlets on NA.
- The newly signed participants of NA.
- When one goes back to taking the drug, they are fighting to quit regardless of length of time.
- This involves telling stories of what you've gone through during addiction and afterwards.
- An experienced member who is willing to offer guidance and support through the 12 steps.
- Trusted Servants
- The members who hold service positions in NA.
Closed Vs Open Gatherings
The Narcotics Anonymous Meetings can either be open or closed just like AA meetings. Open meetings are open for everyone, including those who want to support a loved one or is just interested in how the group works. Recovering addicts have exclusive use of closed meetings.
You can choose the sort of meeting you'd like to attend depending on what makes you more comfortable. It's also a good idea to try a few of different meetings and groups until you find the one that fits your needs best, which you like and time of which meets your schedule.
The Twelve Steps For Na
The 12 stages of recovery are thoroughly followed in NA. The terminology used by NA replaces any references to "alcohol' simply with 'Addiction" because NA does not distinguish between addictions. You can find here more detail about the 12 stages.
Liability And Power In Numbers
NA helps to create a community around any recovering drug user. The NA family members are all recovering addicts who care and love one another providing a safe, comforting place of refuge for a new member to start healing.
After the new member is settled and can find their way around the group, it is time to look for a sponsor. A sponsor is a member who has gained a solid reputation in NA and is savvy enough in the 12 Steps to act as a mentor. To ensure that accountability isn't just on a single level, it's usually a good idea to get a sponsor who also has a sponsor.
Narcotics Anonymous Groups For You
Do you need to find an NA group to join for help with your drug addiction? There are many groups for you to choose from since in the whole world, there are at least 61,000 NA meetings each week. We are ready to assist you join one of the groups and start your recovery journey call 0800 246 1509.